Officials have identified the Phoenix officers who were involved in a police shooting on Nov. 3 that left one man dead and several people injured — including two officers.
Police identified Officer Chad Estle, 36, as the officer who was shot at a south Phoenix home where 32-year-old Michael Austin was suspected of holding his family hostage.
Officers responded to the home at about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. They called the department’s Special Assignments Unit to negotiate with Austin into early Sunday morning when Austin began firing his gun, police said.
Officers entered the home at about 5 a.m. when gunfire was exchanged. Austin was pronounced dead at the scene and the two women, ages 68 and 38, were shot. Estle and the two women were taken to Maricopa Medical Center.
Officials also identified Officer Kristopher Bertz, 34, as the officer who was bitten by a police K-9 and taken to the hospital. Estle, Bertz and the two women are recovering from their injuries.
Estle and Bertz have been with the Phoenix Police Department for 5 and 12 years, respectively.
Other officers involved in the shooting include:
- Officer Michael Fortune, 48, with 12 years of service.
- Officer Anthony Volpe, 38, with 3 years of service.
- Officer William Steele, 37, with 11 years of service.
- Officer William Underwood, 52, with 31 years of service
The Arizona Republic requested photos of the officers, but Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix Police Department, said the photos would be redacted due to privacy laws.
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